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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

As Washington continues to be embroiled in the impeachment hearings and the Democratic Presidential election goes on, according to a new report from AARP, about 12% of Pennsylvania and New Jersey adults are caregivers. Pennsylvanians provided $18.2 billion in care compared with $12.9 billion for caregivers in New Jersey. Nationally, the nation’s 41 million family […]

Medicare coverage of nursing home care depends on a resident’s need for skilled nursing and/or therapy, not the resident’s potential for improvement. However, too many nursing home residents continue to be denied skilled services on the basis of an “Improvement Standard,” which was firmly rejected by the court-approved settlement in Jimmo v. Sebelius.  In order to help […]

On October 24, 2019, over 225 long-term care professionals gathered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA for a full day of learning and networking at the 2nd annual PA Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Person Centered Elder Care: Transitioning Theories into Practice. The day starting the keynote address, Understanding People with […]

Rothkoff Law Group will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in January 2020. During the past 20 years, I have learned many important lessons. One of the most important lessons learned is the law alone is not enough to advocate for our clients and their caregiver loved ones. An example is the recent situation our client […]

Pursuant to the Center for Medicare Advocacy, on October 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment system for Medicare-covered nursing home stays—the “Patient Driven Payment Model” (PDPM). PDPM creates new financial incentives for nursing homes and new challenges for nursing home residents. One of the biggest challenges for residents […]

On September 28, 2019, I attended a conference sponsored by the Philadelphia Inquirer, entitled “Telling Your Health Story”.  The conference was created to help more storytellers from the health world find their widest audience while expressing their most authentic voices.  I was particularly struck by a presentation by the director of the narrative writing program […]

As of September 16, 2019, nursing homes nationwide can begin asking residents (or their representatives) to sign a pre-dispute arbitration agreement. The Trump Administration reversed a previous prohibition on such agreements in a July 2019 final rule. Although there is ongoing legal action to overturn the Administration’s rule, implementation has not been delayed for the […]

Janie DeLeon Male, our Director of Care Coordination, has been with the Rothkoff Law Group since May 2006.  Effective August 2, 2019, Janie will be leaving our office.   During her thirteen year plus tenure with the Rothkoff Law Group, Janie has become a well-respected local, statewide and national authority on care coordination for seniors within […]

Medical Aid in Dying will be legal in New Jersey this week.  Here is what you need to know. On Aug. 1, New Jersey officially becomes the eighth state in the nation to allow its terminally ill residents to hasten their death with prescribed medications. Patients must find two physicians to certify that they are […]

In 2016, the Obama Administration promulgated regulations prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration agreements between nursing homes residents (or their representative) and facilities. On July 18, 2019, the Trump Administration published a Final Rule rolling back certain features of the 2016 resident protection. Most notably, the Final Rule removes the requirement prohibiting facilities from entering into pre-dispute arbitration […]

The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ AgeWell Collaboratory is seeking the assistance of health care professionals working with seniors to evaluate a mobile app to keep older adults safe at home.  If interested, please refer to the information below.     Greetings AgeWell Collaboratory Organizational Partners: We are writing to see if you […]

A new study has found almost all Americans take Social Security at the wrong time.  The study found that only 4 percent of retirees start claiming their Social Security benefits at the most financially optimal time, according to a new study from United Income, an online investment management and financial planning firm.  You can read […]

The 2013 Settlement in Jimmo v. Sebelius confirmed that Medicare coverage should be determined based on a beneficiary’s need for skilled care (nursing or therapy), not on the individual’s potential for improvement. Unfortunately, more than six years after the Settlement’s approval, Medicare beneficiaries and providers across the country are still having significant problems with the […]

by Jerold E. Rothkoff, Esq. I have been practicing elder care law for almost twenty years, helping families navigate the long-term care process. I receive great personal satisfaction knowing our elder care teams’ advocacy help improve the lives of a senior and their caregiver loved ones. However, unexpectedly, the advocacy I do each day can have additional […]